Red Cross issues power outage safety tips with fierce winds expected Sunday

Photo by Cheryl Wertman: A tree was knocked down on West Avenue in Medina on March 8, 2017 when winds topping 60 miles per hour caused extensive power outages in Orleans County.

Posted 22 February 2019 at 2:47 pm

Press Release, Red Cross, Western and Central NY Region

BUFFALO – High wind warnings and watches have been issued for the Western and Central New York region on Sunday and through 10 a.m. Monday.

Strong wind gusts could result in downed trees and power lines, leading to potential property damage, difficult travel, and power outages. The American Red Cross urges area residents to take steps now to prepare:

Before the storm

• Prepare an emergency preparedness kit. Replenish any items missing or expired, especially medicines or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

• Create a household evacuation plan and practice it.

• Be prepared to evacuate quickly if directed and know your routes and destinations.

• Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio, or TV stations for the latest information and updates.

After the storm

• Stay with family or friends or go to a public shelter if you lose power during extremely cold weather.

• Use flashlights instead of candles.

• Put space heaters on a level, hard, and nonflammable service, not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets at least three feet away.

• Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended

• Never use a generator inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.

• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will maintain its temperature for about 48 hours.

• Eliminate unnecessary travel. Traffic lights may be out.

• If electrical lines are down, don’t touch them. Report downed power lines to the utility company.

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